mardi, mai 25, 2010
lundi, janvier 18, 2010
Sri Maitresa Sharma was a 28 years old Sadhu from Banauli, Bihar. When he died, his brother decided he would come to Sonepur to do the ceremony and throw the body in the Gandak river on Kartik Purnima day, as a Sadhu can't be cremated. We drove the body in the middle of the river before letting him go. In the background, a fisherman and Kali ghats. www.claude-renault.fr
Sri Maitresa Sharma was a 28 Years old Sadhu from Banauli, Bihar. When he died, his brother decided he would come to Sonepur to do the ceremonial and throw the body in the Gandak river on Kartik Purnima day, as a Sadhu can't be cremated.
Nayeem-Ud-Din, the caretaker of Rangmalla, a 30 years old elephant from Chapra village in sale at the Sonepur mela, Bihar. He had to take Rangmalla to take her bath in the Gandak river twice a day during the 3 weeks long fair. www.clauderenault.fr
lundi, juin 15, 2009
Nuns praying around the Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya.
For Buddhists, Bodhgaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. In 2002, Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodhgaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
jeudi, décembre 11, 2008
A Buddhist woman qietly praying in near the entrance of the Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya. For Buddhists, Bodhgaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. It is famous for being the place of Gautama Buddha's attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment).
lundi, décembre 01, 2008
mardi, septembre 16, 2008
mercredi, août 20, 2008
lundi, août 18, 2008
vendredi, août 15, 2008
The Mahabodhi Temple is a famous temple standing tall at 54 mts. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this temple has been renovated over the years. It enshrines a large golden Buddha, and is encompassed by an ancient railing, dating back to 100 BC. See also the famous Bodhi Tree where Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment, and the Vajrasana or throne, where Buddha sat.
mercredi, mars 28, 2007
mercredi, décembre 13, 2006
Portrait of the previous woman you see going away from the river Ganges.
I was walking alongside the Ganges in Patna, where all the women were doing their laundry..
That one was a bit curious about the camera... She came to look inside..
Another nice moment. Patna in the state of Bihar is a very friendly city.
mardi, novembre 14, 2006
A sleepy saddhu at the door of a small temple in Patna. The Saddhu tradition has a long history. It consists of renouncing
worldly ties in pursuit of higher values of life. Ideally a sadhu lives in the society but is detached from its pleasures and pains.
Saddhus typically survive on bhiksha (alms) provided by families, and on natural resources, and they spend much of
their time in meditation.
lundi, novembre 13, 2006
A picture taken in Patna, the capital of the state of Bihar. Temperature was going up very fast,
and this rickshaw driver was having a well earned rest. Difficult light that day.
"Thums" Up is a national drink, with a taste close to the one of Coke, a bit better for me and a lot cheaper..
Patna is a very interesting town with no tourists at all, so it's really quiet for us travelling there..